Finishing the Check List
now that the big stuff has been taken care of your computer, your mic and maybe the pre amp, Let's take a look at the rest of the checklist and make sure you have everything you need to complete your home studio? The first thing you need is a pop filter. Pop filter is only about $20 and makes a huge difference in your audio, hard consonants like peas and bees can make a popping sound in your mic and ruin your audio. The pop filter blocks that extra airflow, making sure your audio is consistent and that those extra PLO sieves from the mouth. Don't make it to the mic. If you're Mike does not come with its own stand, you'll need to purchase one for your studio. These can cost anywhere from $10 to $30 and the big thing you're looking for in a stand is comfort. For example, I have a very simple $10 stand that I travel with but in my home studio I use this boom mic combo. It costs $30. Has a nice solid stand and offers enough adjustments that I can put the mic in a comfortable location. See ...
my script and most importantly keep myself comfortable during long sessions. If you buy a USB mic or a pre amp, the USB cable is included and you're all set to go. If you purchase an XLR mic, you'll also need a cable. Make sure to buy a cable long enough for your needs. These cables are not too expensive, maybe $15 for a 10 ft cable and then you'll need a set of headphones. Why do we need headphones if you're recording in an untreated space, it can help you monitor background noise while you record. For example, if an ambulance drives down the street while you are recording, you'll hear the siren in your headphones and notice stop and rerecord that section. But even more importantly is for editing computer speakers just aren't quite good enough to edit our audio when fine tuning, removing breaths or listening for any other funny noises in your audio. It's really best to use headphones. The industry standard for voice over headphones is the Sennheiser to 80 HD and they are only $100. I really encourage you not to go buy a $500 set of headphones for voiceover. As I've said before, Sennheiser makes great products. These headphones are ideal for voice over because they have a rather flat line playback and they have pads that circle the ear. The flatline playback. Audio is important for getting an honest feedback on your sound. You don't want headphones for example that produce heavy bass and I even recommend against using noise canceling or wireless headphones. We want to keep the audio chain as simple and honest as possible. This way there is no doubt and less chance for error in sending our clients. The final product, the pads around the ear are great for comfort and sound. Those pads seal to your head, allowing you to hear yourself while you record but not allowing your sound to bleed through to the mic and ruin your recording. And the final piece on the checklist for finishing your audio is your daw, your digital audio workstation. This is the software you will need to capture and edit your audio. There are many great options out there and I encourage you to shop around and see which one might be best to your liking. But a great place to start is with a free option, simply go to google and type in Audacity or go to Audacity team dot org and you can download their free open source cross platform audio software. This program is designed and updated by audio engineers and it has everything you need to deliver a professional audio file. Even better there are many tutorial videos on Youtube. If you ever need some extra help learning how to use the program. So now we've walked through everything, you need to record your audio, your computer, a mic and stand the pre amp cables, pop filter, headphones and your software. All of this equipment fits easily into a backpack for traveling, making it easy to take your new business on the road. Now that we have what we need to make the recording. We need to know where to record in the next lesson. We'll get into finding a place in your home to set up shop and how to record in a hotel when traveling